I leave this evening, so a last few photos to help me remember through the winter.
The natural world is preparing in different ways, getting ready for a time when food will be scarcer. The animals seem to emerge from the woods a bit more, like this pair of ruffed grouse crossing the road by my house:
My red squirrels are collecting, eating, and storing the nuts from the hickory tree inside its hollow tree trunk..
The paper wasps are frantically building their nests, laying a single egg in each cell, then sealing it up.
A late dragonfly, a Shadow Darner, was hunting through my flowerbeds.
And the lake is serene.